Review: 10225 R2-D2
Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:53 PM
reading your review, this part has me very close to hitting the 'buy' button
I got this same feeling when building the VW Camper and it was fantastic. I have sets I like the final look of more (imperial shuttle, Space Shuttle), but they didn't give me the same enjoyment during building.
Edited by mrklaw, 08 May 2012 - 01:14 PM.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:30 PM
Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:53 PM
As for the Power Functions, sadly, I doubt it's possible (but I would love to be proved wrong). You'd have to lose the extendable leg mechanism, and perhaps use a chain to drive wheels in the feet. But you could make the head turn quite easily, I think!
The 'pop-out' tools take up very little space - they are already squeezed in around the central mechanism.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:17 AM
Having picked up R2 at AFOLCON last week I'm now looking forward to building him even more than I was before....
Any thoughts on how easy it'd be to invisibly motorise the model ?
[EDIT : Just seen your reply above - "not very" would appear to be the answer to my question !]
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:42 PM
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:14 PM
I mean, that's how he rolls!
(haven't read the entire topic, so forgive me if this has already been addressed)
Edited by Gekke Ted, 09 May 2012 - 04:16 PM.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:42 PM
I believe the orange bricks at the start of the build are to make it instantly obvious which way round you're holding the piece you're making. Such "signposts" demonstrate a really nice, thoughtful attention to detail that wouldn't even be noticed by most people, until like me, you find yourself suddenly unsure as to which way round you're currently holding it.
As for the random colors in the set - I like them. It makes it a lot more interesting than a big box of white. It also makes following the instructions a lot easier.
The disparity in the whites isn't obvious to me, although I don't think my room is lit well enough as I have real problems distinguishing between the two different blues in the instructions. This may not be a problem if you build a bag at a time, but I prefer to chuck all the pieces together and do the sorting myself. One thing that actually put me off R2 was the prospect of all those white pieces discoloring over time, but at least they look OK for now (I think). I bought the yellow Creator sports car recently and the yellows on that were all over the place. Half of them looked almost orange. I hope this isn't a (bad) sign of things to come.
Excited to hear of the new sets being featured in the back. I Haven't got that far yet so I'm looking forward to seeing them tonight once R2 gets his head.
Some people (including Rufus) have said the blockiness of the main unit is good as it shows it's made of Lego, however, one thing I find a little jarring is that the legs are just SO good and could have come off the actual movie model that they make the body look extra blocky by comparison. Still a great model, but I wouldn't complain if the body was as smooth and perfect-looking as the legs.
Finally, I really wish they'd give the minifig R2 a chrome head. That would have turned the set from an "I guess I'll get it" to to a must-have.
Great review though - thanks.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:37 AM
A lot of people seem to want a R2 with a chrome head. While I understand why people would think that's cool, R2-D2 in the movies does not have a chrome dome; it's brushed metal.
In my opinion, a chrome head would be too shiny and thus be as inaccurate as the grey plastic version.
Hasbro used to chrome the heads on their R2 figures, but eventually realized that it was inaccurate and switched to metallic silver paint, which is much closer to the brushed metal look in the movies.
The Episode I R2-D2 figure is probably one of the best examples; the dome is shiny, but not too shiny and paint they used on this figure is very smooth (other paints they've used have larger metallic "flakes").
If TLG could do something like that, I'd be pleased.
Back on topic, great review; I think I'll pick this one up eventually!
Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:52 AM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:07 AM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:16 AM
those parts were quite a lot bigger though.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:47 PM
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